ok, I am a first year pool owner in may 2012. All summer I have been fighting boatmen and backswimmer bugs. I have spent much time on here and have used the wonderful advice and now have my pool water wonderful. However, from the very beginning I was told that if you have boatmen it is because there is algae somewhere. get rid of algae (even nacent) and you get rid of boatmen. But other tell me that is not true that they have had boatmen while they were shocking.
So I shocked (bleach) and everything looked great. I have maintained a 6-7 FC for a few months now and water looks great. However, the boatmen still appear one or two a day. i get them with the net and kill them and move on. I am just curious. Since my good FC levels are still not detering them is it time now to use the biogaurd all 60 algae preventer. I have wanted to stay away from uneeded chemicals since joining this forum, however, I am tired of fighting the few bugs everyday. Normally, no biggie, but my wife and son have both been bit and they say it hurts.
Another interesting thing I am noticing is that those with darker colored pools seem to be the ones with issues as the bugs are possibly drawn to the color as they are a pond/creek type bug.
So would you start to use algacide now or not?